On Sept 4, Brodie and I embarked on our first backpack trip outside the US. This time to the Canadian Rockies , Alberta, as in Banff National Park. The weather was epically bad for an early September, with rain, sleet, snow, and temps hovering around 32. Ugh
Saturday: First up was the Lake Agnes hike, above Lake Louise (http://www.lakeagnesteahouse.com/ ). One of the classic hikes in the area, which take you from the crowded shores of Lake Louise, to a teahouse on an alpine lake. The hike was great, although we saw mostly nothing, due to the heavy clouds and snow.
Later, we went to see Morraine Lake, a view so good that it is on the Canadian currency. and saw… like nothing. .
Sunday: the weather was a bit better, but still shaky. So we went back to the same Lake Louise area, this time for the Plain of the six glaciers hike, with another teahouse – of course (http://www.summitpost.org/plain-of-the-six-glaciers/366218 ). A much better day weather wise, and the hike went really well, including some DYB’s with new trail friends. And then a hike beyond the teahouse to a glacier view in the bad weather (a good prep for the backpacking days to come).
Thurs: on the last day, after the backpacking, we returned to Morraine Lake, and got the views we deserved. Yay